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Alfie’s Italian Café

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Café fare, Italian
Phone Number 0123467873 Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 9pm; Sunday 11am to 2.30pm

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Menu

Menu - Alfie's menu - Updated August 2018

Details

Cost
R150 avg main meal
Food
Café fare, Italian
Corkage
R65
Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Bar scene, Coffee, Groups, Kids, Quick meals, Special occasions
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Alfresco, Booking required, Breakfast, Child friendly, Dinner, Food, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Smoking, Takeaways, Vegetarian, Wheelchair

Location and contact

11 Hazelwood Road, Hazelwood, Pretoria

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Khanya Mzongwana

Situated on the corner of the hottest foodie strip in Pretoria, Alfie’s Italian Café has made an indisputable name for itself as the hallmark of Italian eating in the capital. The small unassuming restaurant probably seats a maximum of forty guests, making it an intimate setup where guests can clearly see and hear their food being freshly prepared. The founder, owner and chef Alfredo Fiachetti has passionately built what is now three successful restaurants that have impressed local diners in and out of the city. He is also the proud owner of Alfie’s Café and Iskia, the Italian influenced seafood restaurant. His contribution to Pretoria’s dining culture is one to marvel on.

Food
As the chef-patron, Alfredo is constantly in the kitchen with his mother, inventing and experimenting with the incredible ingredients he has at his disposal. As with most traditional Italian food haunts, the menu at Alfie’s kicks off with a refreshingly small antipasti category. The onion flan is absolutely divine topped with a slather of warm pecorino cheese sauce (R68). Antipasto di mare is also a gorgeously simple starter, in the true casually sophisticated air of the Italian people, with boiled potatoes, steamed baby calamari, kalamata olives, crunchy savoury celery and fresh parsley (R75). There’s an array of crostini with fresh and flavourful toppings from R45 and most of them are vegetarian friendly. The gnocchi gorgonzola e noci is unforgettable, with golden brown, pillowy golden brown gnocchi tossed in a sharp but creamy gorgonzola with walnuts (R65), it is well worth the drive out, to be honest. One of their best loved (and possibly most Instagrammed) dishes is the 300g oven roasted, rosemary and garlic
marinated rib-eye steak (R135), served with a portion of veggies or your choice of salad, pomodoro pasta or butter and parmesan pasta. The pasta is a pretty obvious choice in an Italian eatery but certainly not a bad one, especially considering their tagliatelle alla salsiccia, or Itaian sausage tagliatelle, tossed through a hot pan with olive oil and fresh tomato (R95). The baked-to-order chocolate lava cake easily rivals most in the city and goes down a delectable treat with ice cold vanilla ice cream.

Drinks
The drinks offering is good, as can be expected from Alfredo. Expect to find a wide range of popular local wines such as white blends from Kleine Zalze, Boschendal and Haute Cabriere well as regularly scheduled wine tastings and pairings in the evenings. Enquie with your waiter for more details or visit their page on Facebook at Alfie’s Pizzeria & Deli for up-to-the-minute updates of their next wine pairing feast.

Service
The service is almost as good as the food here. The waiters are extremely helpful and go out of their way to ensure your visit is an unforgettable, positive one. The restaurant fills up easily, but the wait for a table is never too long although it’s always advisable to book ahead. The setting is muted and guests are made to feel comfortable upon arrival.

Ambience
If you’re here for the ambience, you might be disappointed, especially if it’s not as busy as it usually is. The décor is muted and uninteresting, but for the hundreds of regulars who keep coming back week after week, this is no determining factor. Sit on the small, breezy sidewalk for a more refreshing (and possibly romantic) atmosphere.

Best for...
Alfie’s is a great spot for a romantic dinner or somewhere to take the in-laws or that client you’re trying to butter up. The food here speaks for itself and the Alfie’s team have done a remarkable job bringing a piece of Italy to Pretoria. There is also a deli in the pizzeria where guests can take home some authentic Italian ingredients with which to cook their own masterpieces at home. This is a casual dining space, parking is free but limited and take-aways are available.

(2018)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Best pizza in Pretoria. Love this place.
    We had a wonderful dinner and I will definitely go there again. The restaurant was quieter than I expected, even for mid-week and the wine selection was small but sufficient. The food was delicious, the specials board was extensive and flavours beautifully crafted. Presentation of the pork belly was a bit dull but quickly forgotten once you started eating. The pear and walnut salad and Caprese salad were both super fresh, perfectly dressed and really lovely - I especially appreciated that the perfectly ripe tomatoes in the Caprese Salad were not cold but were at room temperature, enhancing their smell and taste. The panna cotta technically cannot be faulted but was completely unremarkable while the Creme Brulee was perfection. The staff were friendly, very knowledgeable, happily indulged the members of the table who had questions, were attentive but not disruptive and really elevated the entire dining experience.
    No meat options available, food came at different times, fish of the day on the board and fish available were different. received different wine than asked for. If it wasn't for the good company it would really have been a horrible experience!
    Alfies is one of Pretoria's real gems. No matter what you order on the menu, it will be delicious! The flavours and combinations are amazing and their home made bread never disappoints. The restaurant itself is small so booking is recommended. The atmosphere is intimate and hints on trendy. It's definitely our favourite Italian restaurant in Pretoria.
    A lovely addition to Pretoria - a local Italian eatery where the food and service is consistent. Well worth returning.

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